12 Parklands players, a mix of Inter and Rabbits, made the long trip on Sunday to Kirkbymoorside Golf Club to play in an annual friendly match against 4 other clubs. Billy Parker and Paul Ankers were the first pair out and returned with a win, followed by our continental pairing of Eammon Farrer and Franks Stoop who also returned with a hard fought win. In the singles, Dicky Rutherford won his match, in his usual fashion. A few of the remaining players had some hard luck stories, but everybody did their best and represented Parklands with pride. Parklands will host this annual friendly event in 2018 and look forward to welcoming our guests, with big expectations on making the most of our home advantage.
Last Sunday afternoon, 2nd April 2107, Parklands hosted a Team Scramble which brought together players from the Northumberland Union of Golf Clubs, the Northumberland Ladies County Golf Association and the Northumberland Junior Golf Association. With 12 teams consisting of one representative from each of the three County organisations, there was a veritable array of talent on show. Parklands greenstaff had worked very hard to ensure that the course was presented to a very high standard on the day, and the kitchen staff performed superbly to provide a hot running buffet for the hungry team members. The officials and players were welcomed on the day by the Men’s Captain Tess Mann and the Club President, Geoff Brown. The sun shone, the course and food were well received by the players; well done to all involved in the organisation.
The 2017 Junior Patrons handbooks are now available from Grahame Bell. All golf club members are eligible to become Patrons of the NJGA, the fee for which is £2.00 per annum (Life membership £25.00). All income received is used to promote and run County Junior competitions and representative matches. Each Year on payment of the annual fee Patrons will receive a Junior Handbook for that year and are eligible to enter the competitions below which normally include a meal. Entry forms which include details of the cost of entry for the competitions can be found in the Handbook and on the NJGA website.
|PATRONS FIXTURES 2017|
|Wednesday 17th May||Cellular Solutions Trophies (Fourball Betterball)||Percy Wood Golf Club|
|Wenesday 7th June||Duncan Quaiche (4BBB Ladies)Madgwick Trophy (4BBB Men)Used to be singles||Blyth Golf Club|
|Wednesday 12th July||Patrons Salver (Fourball Betterball)||Bedlington Golf Club|
|Wednesday 6th Sept||Beardall Family Trophies(Fourball Betterball)||Seahouses Golf Club|
First things first; I would like to thank Bryan Malone for giving me the opportunity to represent Parklands Golf Club as their Captain for 2017, it’s a great honour. My Vice Captain, Chris Bowman, is a great lad to have on my side and to help me along.
I would like to thank all the players who joined us for the Captains’ Drive-In last Saturday, and a special thank you to Maureen Jenkins and Chris Nicholson who ensured that it was a very good day all round.
In close collaboration with Chris Bowman, my team squad for 2017 has been selected. We are very happy that all of our invitations to join the squad were accepted and the following players will represent Parklands in the Hadrian League and County events. K Mossom (hcp1) and current Club Champion, C Bowman (hcp2) Vice Captain (cheers mate), C Wayman (hcp3), G Jobe (hcp5), D Gibson (hcp5), R Clarke (hcp6), R Armstrong (hcp6), L Thompson (hcp6).
The following members were also considered and I will endeavour to talk with them all very soon – T Mitchell, W McCulloch, K Miller, S Beaton, G Stott. The door is always open for anyone that thinks they should be in the squad or who hits a good streak of form. Please come and see me if you are not on the list, but feel you should also be considered. I am confident that all the players above will give one hundred percent to the team, week in and week out.
The start of the Hadrian League season will be an away game at Tyneside on 3rd May followed by a home match against Stocksfield on 10th May. In addition, we will be represented in the Northumberland and Durham Inter-County Foursomes at Longhirst Hall on Saturday 8th April by Karl Mossom and Gavin Jobe. In the Davison Cup first round, we have a tough draw with an away match at Slaley Hall.
So this is my first blog boys !!!! All that’s left for me to say is have a good year and enjoy your golf and always walk off the course with a big smile on your face.
All the very best …. Tess Mann
On this wet Saturday morning, we witnessed the start of the golfing season at Parklands Golf Club with the traditional Captains’ Drive In. Tess Mann, the Men’s Captain and Chris Nicholson, the Lady Captain were watched by an expectant crowd of Parklands members and friends as they prepared for the nerve testing feat of driving off in front of an audience. Neither Captain was about to disappoint with two superb drives; Tess with a characteristic stroke which passed the pond on the right and finished near the tree and Chris with a shot just slightly down the left side of the fairway. Members were asked to guess where the drives would finish, and Tess’s drive was so true to character that he won the Men’s prize, which he swiftly donated to Chris for use in a future raffle. The Lady Captain’s drive was won by Heather Stonebank. Well done to all the members who turned out to witness this traditional event and to those who played in the subsequent Texas Scramble competition.